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Technology News on November 16, 2011

Now, engineered drug-secreting blood vessels to combat anaemia
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have created blood vessels from genetically engineered cells that could secrete drug on demand directly into the bloodstream to combat anaemia. ANI

Brain can repair itself from damage
Results from new studies have revealed that the brain has a remarkable capacity to repair itself from damage. ANI

Ionised plasma can act as cheap sterilizers for developing world
Ionised plasmas like those in neon lights and plasma TVs not only can sterilize water, but also make it anti-microbial - able to kill bacteria - for as long as a week after treatment, according to University of California, Berkeley scientists. ANI

How the brain perceives colour
Scientists have now undertaken a new study to gain new insights into how the brain perceives colour and is able to keep a stable perception of an object's colour as lighting conditions change. ANI

Orbital solar power plants may help meet global power needs
The sun's abundant energy, if harvested in space, could provide a cost-effective way of meeting global power needs in as little as 30 years with seed money from governments, a new study has suggested. ANI

Future cars set to become 'ultimate mobile devices'
In as less as four years, cars could be considered "the ultimate mobile device" that could be connected to the internet, able to locate destinations and designed to talk to other cars to prevent accidents. ANI

Leonid meteor showers to be visible on November 17
The Leonid meteor showers will peak on November 17 and the best time to view them would be the hours before dawn on November 17 and 18. ANI

No sign of 2012 supervolcanoes, NASA says
Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre have found no evidence to support claims that there could be volcano supereruptions in 2012. ANI

Facebook, Google back new web tracking privacy standard
Popular websites such as Facebook and Google will now give their users more control over how they are tracked online under a draft developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). ANI

How we can forgive people who are being rude to us
We usually tend to dislike someone who's being rude to us, but we may easily get rid of these bad feelings about them if we convinced ourselves that they are just having a bad day and it's not about us, according to a new study. ANI

'Sweet spot' for life's chemistry discovered in outer space
A new study has discovered a "sweet spot" around a few young stars, which is cranking out the production of methanol, a chemical that could support life's chemistry. ANI

Frequent gaming may enlarge brain's pleasure centre
A new study has found that teenagers, who play video games frequently, have brains with larger pleasure centres. ANI

Dragonfly-inspired robots come closer to reality
Scientists are trying to learn the complex flight dynamics of the dragonfly for future robots by attaching a small sensor to its body. ANI

Alcoholics carrying particular gene variant '10 times likelier to die prematurely'
People who are addicted to alcohol and also carry a particular variant of a gene are at increased risk of premature death, according to a Swedish study. ANI

Alcoholic women suffer quicker brain damage than men
Swedish scientists have found that high alcohol consumption damages the serotonin system in women's brains more readily than that in men's brains. ANI

Stop signal for common form of skin cancer discovered
An international team of scientists has discovered a gene that helps protect the body from a common form of skin cancer - squamous cell cancer (SCC). ANI

NASA hiring astronauts but lacking space shuttles to fly them
NASA is looking to hire more astronauts to send into space, despite having a shortage of spaceships. ANI

Coming soon: 10X more effective smartphone batteries
Batteries for phones and laptops could soon recharge ten times faster and hold up to ten times as much power, with new Lithium-Ion batteries that are expected to hit the markets as early as three years. ANI

Human embryonic stem cell tests for spinal injury treatment abandoned
A California-based drug company has halted the world's first official trial using human embryonic stem cell due to financial constraints. ANI

Milk thistle may help halt spread of lung cancers
An Indian origin scientist has suggested that silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, may be a promising therapeutic compound in the treatment of lung cancer. ANI

Early sex can negatively affect body, mood in adulthood
Sex during adolescence can have lasting negative effects on the body and mood well into adulthood, most likely because the nervous system is in its developing phase during this age, a new study has suggested. ANI

Stem cell infusion boosts new heart cells by 30pc!
Scientists at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences found that infusing stem cells derived from cardiac biopsies or "cardiospheres," generated healthy, new heart cells in animals with chronic ischemic heart disease. ANI

LHC's particles decay discovery could herald 'new physics'
Large Hadron Collider researchers studying decays of particles may have discovered the first "new physics" outside our current understanding of the Universe. ANI

Now, robotic bear that stops you from snoring!
A research group from Japan has come up with a robotic bear that flips over people's heads in their sleep to open the airways and stop them from snoring. ANI

Facebook risks losing users following major 'violent, p*rn' spam attack
Facebook has reportedly been hit by a cyber attack that posted hardcore pornography and sickening scenes of violence on users profiles. ANI

How heavy elements formed in early history of Milky Way
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have shed light on the mystery of the existence of large amounts of heavy elements in the ancient stars of the Milky Way. ANI

New drug boosts 'good' cholesterol up to 128 pc!
Administration of a new drug- evacetrapib - can dramatically increase HDL (good) cholesterol, while significantly lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol), a US researcher says. ANI

Top 10 lies in online dating revealed
Women are most likely to lie about their looks and men about their jobs in online dating sites, a new survey has found. ANI

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